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Notes from the Center Staff...

The HIV epidemic entered, stage left, in the early 1980’s and walked swiftly to take center stage; our world has never been the same. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) first documented what is today known as AIDS in 1981 and by 1993 AIDS was the leading cause of death in the US among people 25 to 44 years old.

During these first years of crisis, community members took their love, their fear, their anger, and sorrow and turned it to action. They came together to demand research to identify a cause and cure, protest politicians’ lack of acknowledgment and action, and educate and protect one another. It was community that created the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Gay Men’s Health Crisis (the first HIV/AIDS service organizations) in 1982, and community that has continued to propel the movement to fight HIV/AIDS.

Sadly, the curtain hasn’t closed on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The CDC estimates that today 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the US. It’s an impactful statistic, but one that for me,, only took on its full weight as I befriended people who came out to me as HIV-positive. Knowing their lives and stories, challenges and triumphs brought HIV/AIDS into my heart and reality, mending the disconnection previously wedged between the epidemic and myself.

The HIV work within RU12’s Health and Wellness Program provides an expansive set of services to ensure a community led response to HIV in VT. Recognizing that 1 in 5 people living with HIV does not know it and the importance of earlier detection, RU12? offers free and anonymous HIV testing. Our GLAM program provides an opportunity for gay, bi, and queer masculine-spectrum people to work to build a community where we can support, educate, and connect with one another. Men who have sex with men have consistently been the largest group of those diagnosed with AIDS and are the only risk group in which new HIV infections have been increasing since the 1990’s, making HIV prevention efforts like GLAM all the more vital to our community. And, we are expanding our HIV work into the SafeSpace Program, to address HIV in domestic and sexual violence situations.

In order to grow to meet the HIV prevention needs of LGBTQ Vermonters, RU12? is launching a community needs assessment. If you are a gay/bi/queer person on the masculine-spectrum (or work with this population), we’re asking for half an hour of your time to help us better understand the needs and desires of our community. Sitting with a staff person is best, but there is also an online survey available. Please contact us at 802-860-RU12 or glam@ru12.org .

With passion and commitment to create a healthier Vermont,

–Jean-Denis Couillard, Health & Wellness Program Coordinator


GBQ Guys Take RU12? Survey to Win Ipod Nano

RU12? is conducting a Community Needs Assessment to get a clearer picture of local communities of gay, bi, and queer (GBQ) men in Chittenden (and surrounding) counties. Any information you could provide would be very helpful in our mission to improve our services for GBQ men. Please contact Mike or Jean-Denis with questions at 802-860-7812 or glam@ru12.org.

Take the Survey and enter to win an iPod Nano. **This survey is for all masculine spectrum people who have sex with masculine spectrum people (MSPSMSP) **

Summer Semester at RU

This summer, RU12? is offering a series of community classes taught by members of Vermonts LGBTQA communities. Do you have a skill that you’d like to share? How about an idea for a class that you feel would impact our community.

Pitch us your ideas HERE

Outright Vermont Pre-Marathon Pasta Dinner

5pm, Sat. May 26th, McClure Multigenerational Center on the night before the big Vermont City Marathon. Support Outright Vermont's large Marathon Team as they take to the streets of Burlington to represent the great mission of Outright Vermont! More Details

Vermont Cares Champ Ride

June 9th. This year, the Champ Ride for HIV/AIDS will begin and end in Oakledge Park in Burlington. Riders enjoy scenic routes with distances of 17, 32, 67 &100 miles, winding through beautiful Vermont scenery and lake vistas.

For registration and additional information please visit our Champ Ride Site.

Registration Is Open For Camp Outright

Camp Outright will take place August 12-18 at YWCA Camp Hochelaga in South Hero, Vermont. Registration is now open.

For registration and additional information please visit. CampOutright.org

Around the State

Dykes on Hikes

Come join Vermont's fastest growing queer women's group! We hike every third Saturday of the month at a different location and it is always an adventure. The group also shares information other outdoors and social events. If you are between the ages of 25 and 45 and want to meet other fun, adventurous, and inspiring women contact Sarah Johnson at sarahlynnj@gmail.com for more information or to join our listserv.


Men's Program Core Group

The Core Group helps guide the Men's Program, and has fun doing it. We welcome and encourage new attendees! Please RSVP to eflash@sover.net or 802.254.4444. Men’s Program Website

Rapid HIV Testing

Everyday, by appointment only. Call (802) 254-4444 to schedule.

GLBT: AA Meeting

Every Thursday 8pm; St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Putney Road, Brattleboro. Alcoholics Anonymous meeting for LGBTQ people seeking help, support, and a way out.


7:30pm Sat, May 19th. NERVOUS but EXCITED (pleasantly aggressive folk duo from Michigan) w/JACKSON EMMER (of String Band & Free is Art Project, Brattleboro) 15 Grove St, Brattleboro. Doors open at 7pm; show starts at 7:30pm $5-10. FMI: contact: homopromovt@gmail.com or visit nervousbutexcited.com Presented by HOMO Promo.


GEN Silent Comes to VT

GEN Silent is being brought to Vermont by a collaboration between RU12?, Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), and Area Agencies on Aging, and is sponsored by the Samara Fund for LGBT Issues, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, with additional support by the Department of Aging and Independent Living, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont.

Wednesday, May 23

Bomoseen, VT— Castleton Family Health Center, 275 Route 30 North. 7pm


New PFLAG Chapter

A chapter of Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has been formed in Southern Vermont. PFLAG Dorset, an affiliated chapter of PFLAG, has formed as a local, nonprofit community support and educational outreach group. For more information, please contact Mike Watrous at PFLAG.Dorset@gmail.com or 802.768.1585 More Details


GLBT Parents Group

Spring is coming, which means lots of fun to be had outdoors! This group is for GLBT parents, parents-to-be and kids of all ages. A place to find support, build friendships and have fun. We will plan outings, potlucks and playgroups in the central Vermont area. If you are interested please contact Kara Casey at vtglbtparents@gmail.com or (802) 730-2388. More Details

Outright Vermont: Friday Night Group

From 7-8:30pm, second and fourth Fridays at Black Sheep Books on 5 State Street. Twice a month, there is a support group run for queer youth to talk about, and get support for, the issues they are dealing with in their schools, families, and life in general. Youth get to talk with each other and see that they are not alone in their quest to be accepted and feel supported.

Montpelier Guerrilla Gay Bar

Sunday Nights! Charlie-O's in Downtown Montpelier, VT 7 pm & on. A weekly meeting of the area's finest queer folks! Like GGB on Facebook!

Plainfield and Hardwick

New Free & Anonymous HIV Testing Site!

Free and Anonymous HIV Testing in Plainfield. Call 322-6600 to make an appointment. The Health Center, 157 Towne Avenue.

Women-Stirred Radio

Thursday, 4-6 PM, Goddard College Community Radio (WGDR 91.1 FM Plainfield and WGDH 91.7 FM Hardwick). Hosted by out lesbian Merry Gangemi. Stream it live at http://www.wgdr.org


Gay Men of Rutland (GMOR)

GMOR is an informal social group of gay men in Rutland VT who get together for drinks at various local establishments. FMI: email gayrutland@yahoo.com

“Like” GMOR on Facebook to receive updates about upcoming events!

Potluck at Don’s

GMOR (Gay Men of Rutland)/Brattleboro Men's Program/VGSA joint potluck dinner at Don McIntyre's, Rutland Town, Friday May 25, 6-9 p.m. Please bring a dish to share and your own beverage if drinking alcohol. For directions call Don at 802-775-4553 or email him at donaldmcintyre@mac.com.

Outright Vermont: Friday Night Group

We've got some exciting news regarding FNG in Rutland. Not only have we changed the time (6:30-8:00pm) but we have also changed the structure. On the 1st Friday of the month we will be going out on the town to do fun stuff like check out the cinema, go bowling, get coffee at a cafe...etc. Group will remain traditional on the 3rd Friday of the month and pizza will still be served. We'd love to hear your suggestions for activities! Cairo Cafe at The Pyramid 120 Merchants Row. Contact Adam@outrightvt.org or call 802-865-9677 for info.

Rutland Vistas Potluck

Every second Sunday, Grace Church, 8 Court St., Rutland. LGBTIQ and friends potluck supper and game night. bring a dish to share! FMI 802-345-5255

Saint Albans

Sixth Annual Queer and Allied Youth Summit

Outright Vermont is excited to announce that the Sixth Annual Queer & Allied Youth Summit will be held in St. Albans, Vermont on Sat, May 19, 2012. BFA St. Albans' Queer/Straight Alliance (QSA) group, GLOW (Gay, Lesbian, or Whatever), will work collaboratively with Outright Vermont's Education & Statewide Field Manager, Saben Littlefield, to do all the planning. This year's Queer and Allied Youth Summit is expected to be the biggest event of the year for Vermont's QSAs.

Saint Johnsbury

Needle Exchange Program

Mondays and Thursdays from 11am-1pm. Other times available by appt, call 802-748-9061, 1235 Hospital Drive Suite 2. Sponsored by Vermont CARES, (802) 748 - 9061. Vermont CARES is proud to be a part of a progressive network of needle exchange programs throughout the country who believe a harm reduction approach in one of the best ways to help prevent future HIV infections.


Central VT Kinky/LGBTQ/Sexual Violence and Safety Discussion Group

6pm, 3rd Thursday of Every Month at Williamstown Masons Lodge, 111 Brush Hill Rd. Williamstown. This new kink-focused discussion group is open to all. It is a chance to discuss safety within lots of different lifestyles, particularly kink. This will be a safe place to express your concerns or fears, and to give your opinions on these subjects. FMI: olderlover60@yahoo.com

New Hampshire


PFLAG: St. James Episcopal Church

PFLAG-Keene is a local chapter of the national organization Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Questioning People. PFLAG meets the first Tuesday of every month. All are welcome! The national organization is committed to helping families stay in loving relationships via support, education and advocacy. Local contact is Roberta "Bobbie" Barry, at bbarry29@ne.rr.com


GLBT Book Club

The GLBT reading group is now meeting on the 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the caf� in Books a Million in W. Lebanon. For questions or more info please email staylongtalkmuch@hotmail.com

In-Kind Donations

Please consider making an in-kind donation from our Wish List of items that RU12? staff, volunteers, community members and groups use or would like to use frequently. An in-kind donation of any of the items listed here. is tax deductible

RU12? Spotlight

Are You One Too?

Full List of Support Groups

All events take place at RU12? Community Center, 20 Winooski Falls Way, unless otherwise specified.

Check out RU12?’s Facebook Fan Page for news, status updates, and blog postings. “Friend” our Facebook Event Page if you’d like us to invite you to RU12? and other community events. Yes, we’ve got Twitter too!

Friday, May 18th

Every Friday the RU12? Community Center closes at 2pm. Please enjoy our drop-in space, cyber center and lending library. Free Anonymous HIV Testing Available by appointment.

*LAST DAY for RU12?’s Spring Plant Sale

To find out how you can help both your garden and community grow check out our second batch of Spring Plants.

FMI email: PlantSale@ru12.org or call 860-7812.

Sunday, May 20th

GLAM Hikes Mount Philo

Join the Guys of GLAM as we Hike Mount Philo in Charlotte, VT. Meet at 1:15pm at RU12? and we'll carpool/caravan over to the beautiful state park. If it rains we'll just stay at RU12? and play video games. If you have questions or you'd like to join the group please contact RU12? at 860-RU12 (7812) or email GLAM@RU12.org. More Details

Monday, May 21st

The Open Door Support Group

This informal gathering welcomes all adults from the LGBTQ spectrum as well as allies. All topics are free to discuss and nothing is too taboo. The group will meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at RU12? From 6-7:30pm. If you have any questions about this group please call (802) 860-7812. Or email thecenter@ru12.org

Click Here for Full List of Support Groups

Tuesday, May 22nd

Walk-in HIV Testing Hours 11am-6pm

Protect your partner


Drop-in Rapid Testing: Tuesdays: 11am-6pm, Wednesdays: 12-4pm, Thursdays: 11am-6pm * Every Day by appointment! Results in just 20 minutes. Are condoms and safer sex materials getting too expensive? Stock up for free at RU12? For possible wait time or other questions, call us at 860-7812 or email Mike at michael@ru12.org or Jean-Denis at jean-denis@ru12.org.

Social-Support Group for LGBTQ Individuals with Disabilities

Come together to talk, connect, and find support around a number of issues including: Coming Out, Socializing. Challenges around employment. Safe Sex. Self Advocacy. Choosing Partners. Discovering who you are. And anything else you want to talk about! Meetings are Tuesdays, 4:30 pm at the RU12? Community Center in the Champlain Mill in Winooski. For more information contact Brenda or call RU12? at 860-7812

Check Out Our Calendar of Events!

  • May 22nd: Fun with Wii Game
  • May 29th: Safer Sex Information with Mike & Jean-Denis

Wednesday, May 23rd

New TimeWalk-in HIV Testing Hours 12pm-4pm

Drop-in Rapid Testing: Tuesdays: 11am-6pm, Wednesdays: 12-4pm, Thursdays: 11am-6pm and every day by appointment. Results in just 20 minutes. Call us at 860-7812 or email Mike at michael@ru12.org or Jean-Denis at jean-denis@ru12.org.

GLAM Core Group

Every Wednesday 6:30pm. We're looking for young gay and bi & Trans guys who are inte’rested in putting together great events, meeting new people, and reaching out to other guys! Core Group runs our program, and we want your input!

If you're a young gay, bi, or queer man who would like to get involved, email us at glam@ru12.org or friend us on facebook

Thursday, May 24th

Walk-in HIV Testing Hours 11am-6pm

Results in just 20 minutes. Are condoms and safer sex materials getting too expensive? Stock up for free at RU12? For possible wait time or other questions, call us at 860-7812 or email Mike at Michael@ru12.org or Jean-Denis Jean-Denis@ru12.org .

This Week in Chittenden County

Friday, May 18th

Outright Drop-In Hours

Tues- Sat 12-8p.m. For LGBTQ youth 22 & under. Contact Adam@outrightvt.org or check out Outright VT for info.

Friday Night Group at Outright

Every Friday, 7- 8:30 pm, Outright VT, McClure MultiGen Center, Burlington. Chill with other bisexual, gay, trans, lesbian, queer and allied youth at Outright Vermont. Free pizza!

Bob Bolyard's Karaoke

8-10pm. Friday nights get a little rowdy at the St. John's Club, a squat brick building in the old working-class Lakeside neighborhood in Burlington's South End. Club member Bob Bolyard hosts karaoke, which is free and open to the public. St. Johns Club, 9 Central Avenue, Burlington

Queer Youth Movie Night

Every 3rd Friday, Roxy Cinemas (Downtown Burlington) Free movie for queer youth ages 13-22 at the Roxy. We walk or drive from Outright VT at 8:30 pm or you are welcome to meet us there. Contact info@outrightvt.org for more information.

Saturday, May 19th

Outright Drop-In Hours

Tues- Sat 12-8p.m. For LGBTQ youth 22 & under. Contact Adam@outrightvt.org or check out More Details.

Sunday, May 20th

Codependents Anonymous (CODA)12pm

Turning Point Center, corner of Bank and Center Streets, on the 2nd floor. Do YOU have trouble with relationship issues? avoidance of feelings? people pleasing? needing to be needed? Join us Sunday at 12PM at the Turning Point Center 861-3150. For more information about codependence.

Volleyball with VGSA

5pm. All levels of play welcome and encouraged. Now inside at Mater Christi School, Burlington. $5 per person. FMI email info@vgsa.com

Women’s Indoor Pick-Up Soccer

Every Sunday, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. women from all over Chittenden County (and beyond) come to the Miller Recreation Center in the New North End to have a good time. More Info.

Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous 7pm

7pm Sundays @ church in Winooski (can't miss the steeple!) across from TD bank parking lot by rotary, side door. Click for more information about SLAA (www.slaanei.org), then call 881.7240 (men) or 578.2393 (women).

Pop-Up! Queer BINGO Party

Maglianero Caf�, Burl. 7pm doors, 7:30-9:30pm games. Hosted by Ita Meno - aka Sher mahn Tanq from Kings Local 802. Hosted by producers Chopper & DJ Llu - as always this event is meant to bring out the queer community from all over the state to connect, dance and mingle. More Details

Monday, May 21st

HIV Testing at Vermont CARES - Burlington

Every Monday, 4-7pm, 187 St. Paul St. Free, anonymous, oral HIV testing. Check out Vermont CARES for more information.

Tuesday, May 22nd

Outright Drop-In Hours 12-8pm

Outright VT HIV Testing

Outright offers free and anonymous HIV testing to anyone, no matter their age, orientation or identity. Testing is available from 12pm-8pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and from 12pm-6pm on Fridays.

Proud and Sober AA--Burlington

7-8pm. Turning Point Center, corner of Bank and Center Streets, on the 2nd floor, Burlington. Weekly LGBTQ-specific AA group. Please call (802) 861-3150 for more information.

Wednesday, May 23rd

Outright Drop-In Hours

Tues- Sat 12-8p.m. For LGBTQ youth 22 & under. Contact Adam@outrightvt.org or check out Outright VT for info.

Outright VT HIV Testing

Outright offers free and anonymous HIV testing to anyone, no matter their age, orientation or identity. Testing is available from 12pm-8pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and from 12pm-6pm on Fridays.

Squeer Dancing

Wrangle up a partner for Squeer Dancing at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, 228 N. Winooski Ave, Burlington. Everyone is welcome: gay, lesbian, bi, trans, straight, couples, singles, young, old and dance experience is not necessary. (Every Wednesday) More Details

Proud Women Play Music

7pm, Red Square, Burlington. The spring edition of PWPM features rockin' performers Antara, LDora, the Steph Pappas Experience, and DJ E.V., with your host, Alyx Lyons. Donation at door benefits Pride Vermont. More Details

Thursday, May 24th

Queer Affirming Cardio Blast Class

7am-8am at All Wellness, 128 Lakeside Ave, Ste 103, Burlington. ($10 or pay what you can) FMI:: email yogavibes.vament@gmail.com or call 206-355-3923. More Info

Outright Drop-In Hours 12-8pm

Outright VT HIV Testing

Outright offers free and anonymous HIV testing to anyone, no matter their age, orientation or identity. Testing is available from 12pm-8pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and from 12pm-6pm on Fridays.

HIV and Hepatitis C Testing at Safe Recovery--Burlington

Every Thursday, 1-5pm, 45 Clark St. Burlington. Support, needle and syringe exchange, and Education Program.

Free, anonymous walk-in Hep C and HIV testing, or by appointment. Call 802.488.6067 for more information.

Thursday Night Roving LGBTQ Pinochle

Every Thursday 7pm. For additional information call Matthew at 802-735-5362 or Cathy at 802-922-4550 More Details

Youth: Free Guitar Lessons!

If you're never picked up a guitar before in your life, that's perfect! If you can't hold a tune to save your life, that's even better! From May 10th to May 31st, Outright Vermont is giving one-on-one lessons to youth of any age, experience, and level. Contact Adam@outrightvt.org or check out Outright VT for info.

Pride Night at Venue! BEAR NIGHT

Every Thursday Night at Venue in Colchester is a benefit for PRIDE VERMONT! 18+ NO COVER!!!!!!. Green Lantern Barn presents the first BEAR NIGHT @ Pride Night at Venue! Come out, come out! Bears whatever you all are! Music by DJ PAPI JAVI. Your Host Miss Naenae Dominatrix and co-host Porsche Pink. Don’t miss the “Hairiest Chest” contest, Drag performances and P-town Punch

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Roommate Wanted

A young gay male professional/doctoral student and friendly, energetic 1-year old 60 lb Pitbull/German Shepard mix are seeking a roommate to share a spacious 2-bedroom apt in the Old North End of Burlington. Avail June 1. Rent is $625/month plus gas heat, electric, and cable/wifi.

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Report Violence Online

Now people can report discrimination, hate violence, domestic violence, intimate partner violence and sexual violence through a secure link on the website www.ru12.org. As with any reporting to SafeSpace, the information is confidential and there is the option to remain anonymous.

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